This year, The New Saints FC is once again joining forces with other JD Cymru Premier clubs, as they support Stonewall Cymru’s rainbow laces campaign to tackle homophobia in sport.
Although attitudes towards LGBT inclusion have been improving year on year, there is still a long way to go. In 2017, YouGov research for Stonewall LGBT in Britain found that 43% of LGBT people thought public sporting events weren’t a welcoming space for LGBT people, and 11% had been discriminated against while taking part in a group sport.
However, over the last three years, the rainbow laces campaign has helped generate a huge amount of awareness around LGBT people in sport. 12 million people in Britain saw the campaign in November 2018, including 34 per cent of all sport fans. More importantly, Rainbow Laces has helped foster positive attitudes towards LGBT people in sport.
Research undertaken following last year’s campaign has found that:
- 59% of fans who saw the campaign feel they have a responsibility to stick up for LGBT fans of the teams and sports they follow, compared to 44 per cent who didn’t see the campaign.
- 56% of fans who saw the campaign feel more confident that reports of anti-LGBT language at live sport fixtures will be taken seriously.
- After seeing the Rainbow Laces campaign, 41% of sports fans believe they would be more likely to challenge anti-LGBT language at live sport fixtures, and 42% would be more likely to challenge it on social media
This weekend, clubs in the JD Cymru Premier will be holding their annual day of action, as they show their support to this important campaign, and you can get involved too.
You can visit stonewall.org.uk/rainbowlaces for your free pair of rainbow laces and fundraising pack, which has everything you need to inspire and energise your community. Remember to use the official hashtag #RainbowLaces (#LasysEnfys) as well, so people can see the great work that you are doing.